A Washington Post Best Fantasy Book of May A Refinery 29 Best May BookA Chicago Review of Books Best May BookA Verge Gripping Fantasy Novel of MayIn this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millenniaan utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tigers Wife, The Snow Child, andSwamplandia!Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her familys manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisies father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emergefor she is descended from a long line of cursed women.But one day Maisies father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself....
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What Should Be Wild Reviews
I think Julia Fine's debut novel What Should Be Wild is a fresh new voice for the literary community. The story was a bit confusing in the beginning but everything became clear at the end. Such an inventive, distinct, unique new story. i received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I am very excited to tell you that I loved this book.
This is a "coming of age" story about Maisie Cothay, who comes from a long line of women who are cursed. The story is told in two par ...more
All the fairy tales warn children of going into the woods alone. Nothing good ever comes out of it. "What Should Be Wild" has the eerie quality of all those lovely Grimm fairy tales and an off kilter feel to it. A child is born, the mother dies leaving the father to raise her alone in the old secluded family home. He keeps her and her secret hidden so her only companions are her dad and the housekeeper.
Her touch can kill and a retouch can bring back life. Maisie hungers for the touch of another ...more
What Should Be Wild was a captivating read from beginning to end. As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, my interest was piqued. If I may be perfectly honest, the stunning cover was what first caught my eye. Gorgeous, and so fitting for this dark tale.
It’s difficult to imagine a life in which you can’t truly experience touch – such a basic human interaction that we crave from the moment we take our first breath. Maisie Cothay was not your basic, average girl. Her slightest touch could snu ...more
Born with a curse that many women in her family have: Maisie Cothay cannot touch or be touched, for she holds the power of life and death in her hands. Without a mother, her anthropologist father has died and been reborn multiple times before she had control of her power, as he carefully watches, documents and contains her in the large manor house at the edge of the forest. Now sixteen, Maisie has questions – lots of questions, many centered around the forest that must never be entered, where he ...more
Maisie Cothay is a 16 years old who has the power to kill or resurrect another living creature, who has never felt another persons touch or picked a flower. She and her father, an anthropologist widower, live on the edge of a mysterious forest. After her dad vanishes, she sets off to uncover the truth regarding the woods, her father's studies, with the hopes in lifting her curse. What Should Be Wild is a fairy-tale crossed with magical realism for grown-ups with similarities to Beast of Extraord ...more
this is a rare and enchanting read. the author has a distinct and powerful writing style that immediately pulled me in. the ain character who is cursed is smart and funny and makes such an unusual premise feel not only plausible but real and relatable.
i loved the sections that traveled bacl into the lives of maisies female ancestors too. they are imaginative and atmospheric and really chilling. its a book thats chock full of feminist characters and themes without ever hitting you over the head ...more
Since the Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorite books I was excited to read anything Audrey Niffenegger strongly endorsed. Overall, really a wonderful read.
The basic premise is that a girl, Maisie, is born with the ability/curse to kill or being back to life anything she touches. The book made me reconsider my perspective on physicality in a new way. After her dad disappears, Maisie is forced to leave her safe hideaway. During her explorations of this well-built world, we are introduced to ...more